Kyle Hollingsworth Band Provides Late-Night Comedown for 420 Fest Attendees

Kyle Hollingsworth Band Provides Late-Night Comedown for 420 Fest Attendees

I saw The Kyle Hollingsworth Band at Gem and Jam Festival (read my review here) back in February, so I was very excited to see them again at Terminal West. Hollingsworth is the keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident, but the project under his name is considerably less like a jam band and more of a keys-driven funk outfit.

The show at Terminal West was scheduled late in the evening to accommodate people coming from 420 Fest. Thank parking lot was empty and I’m glad few people chose to drive, as everyone seemed to be pretty exhausted and drunk after a day in the sun. It must have been a busy day for Uber and Lyft. The energy was anything but low, however, as everyone came back to life once they were in the doors.

The Nth Power kicked things off with their guitar-forward style of bluesy rock, underpinned by some very impressive drumming. The Leslie speaker on stage was already in use by their keyboard player, and it set the tone for the evening as we prepared to take a step back into music from another era. Dipping into anthemic choruses that reminded me of gospel, The Nth Power had people closing their eyes and raising their hands as the recovery from the sun began, and the second round of drinking began.

I stopped by Stationside for a drink and a bite to eat, and got to see their merch table covered in politically charged designs on their clothing and album art. They had tons of energy and were a great opener for the evening before we all got the funk down with Kyle and his band.

Kyle Hollingsworth and his band came out and played a few favorites like “Let’s Go Outside” before settling into a more wandering, adventurous set. In song transitions, they were unafraid to get into little mini-jams that would produce riffs from songs as diverse as Rage Against The Machine’ “Bulls On Parade” and Blondie’s “Rapture.”

The whole set flowed wonderfully and had the audience swaying and dancing all night long. Hollingsworth has a funny habit of mouthing out the sounds of his keyboard as he plays them, and while it makes him look like a music nerd, it’s absolutely endearing and entertaining to watch.

The crowd was playing air keyboard at several points, and his fans were lost in the music. I hadn’t been at 420 Fest, but if I had been, I can’t imagine a much better way to close out the evening and wind down after a long day. At the end of the show, they were simply done, with no encore gimmicks or crowd-teasers. It was 2 AM, and it was time for everyone to go home sleepy and happy. 

Photos by Megan Friddle for Bullet Music.

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